Thursday, January 22, 2015

Are You Ready for MAEOE Conference?

A Greener MAEOE Conference:
  • Carbon Offsets – a portion of the fee is used to offset our estimated carbon footprint
  • Consider carpooling to the conference.  There is a list on the registration page of who is attending.  If you do not know anyone on the list, we have a carpool board set-up. Click here to offer or request a ride.
  • All materials are available online and participants are encouraged to “print what you need” only
  • Recycling – we have a contractor, Cooper Waste Services, who has graciously agreed to provide recycling services for our conference.
  • Book Swap – bring a book, take a book program is back
  • All printed materials are on recycled stock
  • Save money and reduce your carbon footprint! Room Sharing is available, our roomshare board can be found here.
  • Participants are encouraged to bring their own mug and/or water bottle
  • Online registration saves paper
  • Bring your own lanyard – use it for you nametag and reduce waste
  • Bag swap – tired of your reusable tote?  Bring it and exchange it for a different one.
New this Year:
  • Bring your own Lanyard- One of our many Green Initiatives
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute Friday Night Movie Screening- Free Drink and Popcorn
  • Newcomers Friday Night Social- Meet with some veteran Conference Goers
  • Kids Program Saturday- Four great programs from our partners
  • Internet Based Curriculum Exploration Round Tables- Learn and Explore during the Networking Break on Saturday
Dr. J. Drew Lanham our Keynote Speaker:
J. Drew Lanham is a native of Edgefield, South Carolina and a Professor of Wildlife Ecology at Clemson University where he teaches and conducts research in the areas of wildlife management, land and conservation ethic and field ornithology. Drew has been at Clemson University 17 years and is an award-winning teacher and researcher. A lifelong naturalist, birder and passionate hunter, he speaks extensively on natural resources conservation to professional and lay audiences alike with a focus on blending science and motivating others to passionately observe and conserve the flora and fauna of his beloved southern landscape. He is an award-winning broadcaster as a co-host of a popular birding and natural history show aired through the Clemson University’s Your Day format on SC ETV Public Radio.
Drew sees his professional passion and personal missions converging to define sustainability and conservation in new ways. A major focus of this effort is to tell the stories of African- American connections to nature in the Southeast and beyond. Drew lives in the Upstate of South Carolina with his wife Janice. They have two adult children, Kimberly Alexis and Donovan Colby.
Find out more at  The Conference Program will be posted soon!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Environmental Youth Contests and Awards

If you want to inspire creativity and motivation among your students, what better than a Youth Environmental Contest.  We have featured a few of them here.  If you know of any more let us know!

2015 Saving Endangered Species Youth Art Contest

Endangered Species Day
The Endangered Species Coalition (ESC) is pleased to announce their 2015 Saving Endangered Species Youth Art Contest, which is open to students in grades K-12. The contest is an integral part of the 10th Annual National Endangered Species Day on May 15, 2015. For more information on the contest, including an art lesson plan for teachers and other resources, please visit, 

2015 Young Reporters for the Environment

Young Reporters for the Environment NWF’s Young Reporter’s for the Environment competition is for students ages 13-21 to explore and share topics in environmental journalism through writing, photography, or video. Check out the YRE handbooks for each medium and enter the contest today! 


World of 7 Billion Video Contest

The contest is open to all high school students worldwide and the deadline for submissions is February 19th, 2015.All videos must include a) how population growth impacts the issue, b) why the issue is important, and c) at least one idea for a sustainable solution. 

Think, Eat, Save

Food Waste Competition for High Schools.  Win up to $5000The deadline is November 16th.  Find out more here.

Chesapeake Bay Trust Student of the Year Award 

Awarded to a Maryland high school or college student who motivates and inspires others and participates in efforts to improve the local environment and/or community. The winner will receive a $5,000 scholarship award. Nominate here.

Chesapeake Bay Trust Arthur Dorman Scholarship 

Recognizes a Maryland high school or college student of color who motivates and inspires others and participates in efforts to improve the local environment and/or the community. The winner will receive a $5,000 scholarship award. Nominate here.

NEEF- SAMSUNG Solve for Tomorrow Challenge

Samsung is searching for teachers and students with innovative ideas for solving problems in their local communities. Submit your proposal for this year's Solve For Tomorrow Contest for the chance to win a share of $2 Million** of Samsung technology.  Deadline 10/31.  Find out more here.